Château Gruaud Larose Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien 2007
Berry Bros & Rudd review: Manager David Launays ever-impressive Gruaud has punched well above its weight in 2007. It is quite simply one of the most sumptuous, upfront, early-drinking Gruauds we have ever tasted. The intensely rich, pure, fresh nose is followed by generous, creamy, raspberry and blackcurrant fruit that seduces the senses while cedar and licorice add complexity. Without even a hint of the astringency that is apparent in many 2007s, this is as good as some wines double the price, and certainly more enjoyable. A must-have 2007.
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Editorial Reviews for Château Gruaud Larose Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien
Tarry, big cigar butt nose, dark earth, slightly feral, a touch of lilac – smooth and polished in the mouth, dark, fairly powerful and deeply flavored with great structure that gives this an elegance in spite of itself, nice balance, fresh taut fruit, good energy on the finish (93-94)
Yet... NOWHERE within these reviews does the reader have any sense of how the bottle/wine in question was treated before consumption. Which, as a consumer of these kind of things, I would weigh plays a significant roll in their overall quality. Slash review. The condition the wine is in should not be assumed to be that of just popped, but rather explained and extrapolated upon, for any wine of this quality will have an "evolution"- and will be in a state of constant change as it breathes, warms up, cools down, what have you. None of this is explained, and it bugs the hell out of me. If I'm going to spend this kind of bread on a bottle (let alone keep an eye on the vintage for cases from the same Chateau or appellation, etc.) - I want to know what this review MEANS. I don't mean to burden those who already have a tough enough job in deciphering wisps of flavors, hints of scents, or touches of textures that I couldn't even pick up on my best and brightest of days: I only wish there was a STANDARD. That's one of the things that has bugged me about the reviews of any wine fetching above the $20 mark at retail at any wine shop: HOW did you come to this rating, and what did the bottle go through before you consumed it to give it a score, rating, or judgment of any kind? Did you decant it? Let it breath? If decanted- for how long? What shape was the bottle in when ya did? How a wine is served is not at all unlike a similar story of two very different breakfasts at different greasy spoons, sourced from the same local farm. I can say I had a fantastic plate of ham and eggs at one location, yet a putrid example of the very same dish at another- though both used the same ingredients acquired from the same farm. Not to mention the idea of: "Was I given this bottle, did I pay for it?...." etc. I'm about to write a few reviews, so I encourage those who feel offended by my questions to follow me along, and help ME break down these wines in the most honest and straightforward way. I like Ste.-Julien, so I will give the wine reviewed a 3 out of 5, though I have not even tried it. If they send me a bottle to try, which of course they SOULD, I will most assuredly change my score. ...whether I tell you or not depends upon my mood.
External Reviews for Château Gruaud Larose Red Bordeaux Blend St. Julien
Soft and round, with lovely texture. Medium- to full-bodied, with berry, currant and chocolate flavors and a long, caressing finish. Delicious already. Score range: 88-92 JS Wine Spectator. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2007 Gruaud Larose 750ml
Dark red color of average intensity. Nose of average aromatic intensity. Caressing and very fruity on the palate the wine develops with flavors of spices fruits and pepper. The finish shows tannins that tighten a bit. Nevertheless the grain of tannin remains fine. Jean-Marc Quarin - www.quarin.com
Der Wein zeigt sich in einem satten Purpurrot mit einem umwerfenden Aroma von fülligen Brombeeren, Cassis und Vanillin in der Nase. Vollmundig mit hervorragender Reinheit, mächtigem Extrakt und schön integriertem Tannin, präsentiert er sich mit milder Säure und langem Finale.
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